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Preparing for wind storms

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Branches fell on top of the roof Strong winds caused the branches to fall on the roof of this home.

If you live in a place prone to windstorms or you know one is coming, then pay close attention to what it takes to prepare. If you currently have a damaged roof or any sign of a roof leak, then your home may not be sound enough to withstand a windstorm. You need to take proper precautions. This may mean repairing any weak areas or covering them so they do not get worse. Here is a list of what you should look out for:

• Broken skylights
• Cracked windows
• Damaged siding
• Missing shingles

Wind Damage

A windstorm may cause a variety of problems to your home and business. On one hand, it may blow off shingles, throw debris at your home or lead to damaged siding. You need to be prepared for just about anything. Not only can the wind cause damage, but the debris the wind brings with it can also. Hard objects can knock shingles off, and large trees may break through your roofing entirely. All of this can lead to a roof leak and further damage.

Cleanup Process

Once the wind has done its damage, it’s time to pick up the pieces. For any damage done to the roof, tarps can be used to cover gaps created by the missing shingles. These tarps will help keep rain from entering your business and home while you work on restoration. You want to make sure that you do not have any further water damage. Additionally, you can use plywood to cover the holes on the roof. While repairing the building is one thing, you also want to make sure no other issues arise.

A windstorm can cause costly, extensive damage to your Lee & South Chatham Counties  home and business. The best course of action is to reduce the risk wind can cause. Whether you have a roof leak or something more dangerous, don’t let any problems sit until they get worse. In some cases, a professional service may be helpful.

What You Should Understand About Mitigation and Restoration

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Flood cut in a wall and dehumidifier machine Commercial sewage loss

If you’re preparing your business to deal with emergencies such as floods, fires, and other potential problems, you should take the time to ensure you know about the services you’ll need in the aftermath, specifically mitigation and restoration. While these two services are often performed in close proximity to one another, they are not the same thing. These are the main differences:

• Mitigation is completed before restoration can commence.
• Restoration is often a much lengtheir process than mitigation efforts.
• However, both may be completed by your chosen flood cleanup company.

Mitigation

Mitigation consists of efforts made by your restoration company to prevent further damage from occurring to your building in the aftermath of a disaster. For example, after a flood, a flood cleanup company in New Orleans, LA, will often dry out carpets and personal belongings before getting to work on actual repairs. This is so that standing water and waterlogged carpets won’t cause further damage to floors, walls and other parts of your business premises while restoration is underway later.

Restoration

Restoration can only be done after mitigation is complete, during which your restoration company removes damaged materials from your building and replaces them entirely. While mitigation work is to prevent further damage, restoration gets rid of materials and belongings that could not be saved and helps to get your business back to normal. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, this step can take weeks.

Of course, none of this is possible without selecting a reliable cleanup company to take care of your business. The best way to ensure you’ll have the services you need on hand when you need them the most is to contract a company for your business. This means professionals will be at your business as soon as possible when flooding, fire or storm damage does occur, so you’ll experience less downtime and can get business booming again in no time.

Visit us at https://www.SERVPROleesouthchathamcounties.com/ or call 919-533-6776 for more information.

How to Address a Chirping Fire Alarm

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A hand installing a battery in a fire alarm Ensure the correct kind of battery has been installed in your smoke alarm

Keeping your Lee & South Chatham Counties  home and the people in it safe is important, which is why you rely on a fire alarm as the first line of defense to avoid the need for fire damage and restoration professional. While these devices are designed for early detection, they still require general maintenance. If an alarm starts chirping on its own, consider the following to determine if a fix or replacement is needed.

Inspection Steps

In most cases, a fire alarm that won’t stop beeping is a result of a battery issue. Below are steps to verify if that is the issue.

  • Ensure the correct kind of battery has been installed.
  • Verify that battery has not passed its use-by date.
  • Inspect fitting to verify nothing is loose and the battery can be properly snapped into place.
  • Take out the battery and put back in to check the connection is stable.
  • Look for any loose wires that could be creating an echo.


Clean, Reset, Replace
Like with many other electronics in the home, dust and other particles can settle in an alarm’s sensing chamber. If the battery doesn’t seem to be the issue, it may be time to clean the alarm. This is an easy process that involves removing the alarm, cleaning the interior with compressed air and wiping down the outside with a damp cloth. After cleaning, press the silent test button to see if it beeps. If it continues to make steady noise, remove the batteries and test it again. If the problem persists, the best bet is to replace the smoke detector. If you know the alarm is more than 10 years old, it should always be replaced.
fire alarm is an essential safety tool for every home. When a problem arises, such as steady beeping, addressing the issue is a much better solution than risking extensive fire and smoke damage in your home.

Why Commercial Carpet Cleaning Is Essential For Floors

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet Cleaning Services for Commercial Clients

Thorough commercial carpet cleaning is the single best way to preserve and extend the life of carpeting, but proper treatment requires careful planning and extensive training. It’s the kind of training that a professional would receive through an organization like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and it is essential for a professional to integrate quality practices into their own firm.

But how much goes into proper commercial carpet cleaning? It starts with keeping soil and debris from entering the building to begin with. By placing entry mats in entrance and high traffic areas and maintaining the walking surfaces outside of the building, there will be less soil to deal with inside the building. Inside, frequent vacuuming is the first line of defense, and may be needed daily in areas that receive a lot of traffic. Vacuuming ensures deposited soil does not penetrate deeply into the fibers and cause damage.

Spot and stain control is essential, even if the flooring is colored in a way to make stain detection difficult. Stains will degrade the integrity of the flooring and alter its texture, so professionals will have to respond quickly to any problem areas. Formulated detergents and targeted agitation will normally do the trick. Finally, deep treatment, usually through hot water extraction or encapsulation methods, will need to be done several times a year to remove soils that have become embedded in the carpeting’s fibers.

Again, a customized plan works best for a company, and a certified firm will make sure to include these processes in a plan they create for the client.

Call your local SERVPRO at 919-533-6776 for more information.

Water Damage Emergency Tips

4/11/2021 (Permalink)

When an emergency happens people tend to panic and sometimes do not have the proper tools to calmly deal with the situation. When water affects your house whether it be due to a heavy storm or a broken water heater it is always good to be informed on what to do next.

As in any emergency, safety should be you number one concern, and a water damage situation is no different!

  • “Is it safe to stay in the house?” This should always be the first question you ask yourself. If the water damage has any potential to put you or your family at risk, then leave the house.
  • Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most common concerns. Be sure to shut off an power source it is safe to do so safely.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy, so be careful when moving them.
  • Be sure to only do things to your house that are safe for you to do and leave the rest to the remediation crew.

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Fire Sprinklers: Facts For Your Business

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire departments typically use 10 times as much as water as a fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire. Often, the water damage from putting out these fires cause even more wreckage than the flames; that is why it is always important to take the necessary precautions to avoid fires from getting out of hand.

Fire sprinklers are also environmentally friendly; they can reduce the amount of water run-off and pollution, decreasing the amount of fire damage by up to 71%, as well as lowering water usage to fight a home fire by as much as 91%. All of which saves money, limits damages, and is better for the environment!

Furthermore, a home fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain; just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent the water from coming out, such as paint, and be sure the main control valve is never turned off.

Home fire sprinklers are effective in cold and warm climates; being that is the case, there are certain guidelines that have been created for the proper installation of systems to avoid pipes freezing. Additionally, home fire sprinkler systems should be winterized around the same time as you would winterize a domestic water supply.

For more information, please visit the NFPA website!

Lee & South Chatham Counties are You Prepared for Flooding?

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.

  • Water—3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—3+ day supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

4 Hidden Damages Storms Cause to Roofs

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

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4 Hidden Damages Storms Cause to Roofs

After a storm hits your commercial building in Lee & South Chatham Counties , it's important to contact a professional cleanup and restoration service. There are several issues professionals look for when assessing if a roof needs repairs — issues that an inexperienced eye can easily miss. For example, locating a roof leak requires a trained eye, and wind damage can appear minor on the surface. Here are four hidden damages that storms cause to shingled roofs.

1. Missing Shingles
Strong winds and heavy rain can cause shingles to detach. This leaves an opening in your roof. As shingles are the main protection from rainwater infiltrating your building and causing severe damage, it's important to have a professional survey your roof for missing shingles after a severe storm.

2. Damaged Protective Layers
The shingles of your roof are covered in a layer of a tar-like substance that assists in keeping water out of your building. When this layer is battered by storm debris such a loose branches or other objects, the covering can wear away and leave your building vulnerable to a roof leak.

3. A Building Alignment Shift
As repeated storms batter your building, the alignment of the structure can begin to shift. If you notice that windows are hard to open or doors are sticking, this may be the culprit. This is a serious issue that also affects the integrity of your roof.

4. Flashing Tears
Flashing is the sealant that covers gaps and cracks between joining sections of a roof. High winds can lift this protective sealant and cause it to tear. When the storm passes, these tears would not even be visible from the ground.
Storm damages such as a roof leak can quickly become a much bigger issue. It's essential that you call a professional storm cleanup team to inspect your roof so an insurance claim can be filed. Otherwise, as a commercial building owner, you risk losing more time and money the longer you wait. Don't wait; storm and wind damage are serious issues that can catch you unawares.

Where Is Reconstruction Needed After Water Disasters in Lee & South Chatham Counties home?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro logo and water extractor machines Water leaks can quickly cause damage in your home. Call SERVPRO today to avoid additional water loss of your property.

The repairs and rebuilding necessary after water emergencies can be vital in making losses “Like it never even happened.”

Water disasters vary considerably from one Lee & South Chatham Counties home to the next, making elements like emergency services and mitigation vital for saving customers time and money. Among these emergency services is controlled demolition, which seeks to remove only severely damaged and unsalvageable construction materials from the drying zones. This removal and discarding of components often occur before job scoping and other mitigation tasks.

The term water damage repair for Lee & South Chatham Counties homes can describe many of the actions and approaches that our technicians, contractors, and trusted third-party vendors must accomplish. Because so many areas of the property can become compromised and damaged after a finite timeline, many of these restoration projects require some degree of controlled demolition and build back. Some of the most sensitive materials and elements include:

  • Roofing
  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Framing
  • Carpet
  • Wood Flooring
  • Light Fixtures

What Can Controlled Demolition Do Before Mitigation? 

After the exposure of construction materials to standing water, pooling, and high moisture content, they can experience oversaturation that compromises their composition. Instead of widespread demolition and tear out of all materials exposed or near the water damage, a calculated approach can prevent higher costs and longer restoration times. The advantages of removing portions of damaged construction materials include:

  • Remove Saturated Materials – The removal of oversaturated structural components reduces the possibilities of microbial growth and continued damage of nearby porous matter. 
  • Access Damaged Utilities – When plumbing or drains become a source of water damage in the house, demolition can directly access these breaks.
  • Provide More Efficient Drying – With openings leading to the whole of the structural cavities, machines like centrifugal air movers can be more effective in evaporation. 
  • Prevent Collapse – Removing damaged materials prevents them from falling or giving out on their own where they could injure occupants of the house or technicians. 

When Does Utility Repair Occur? 

With the bulk of the wall system exposed, we can gain immediate access to any damaged utilities that might exist. Because plumbing can often be one of the primary origin points for considerable water damage, repairing these pipe breaches should be a priority. Once the drywall has gotten removed and discarded, and wet insulation has been vacuumed out of the wall system, our building trade professionals can locate the plumbing damage and replace/repair it. The exterior elements cannot be reinstalled after mitigation until water service has been restored to the house by fixing any vulnerabilities in the service lines.

How Likely is Mold After Water Losses? 

Prolonged water exposure can often be a threatening situation for materials and contents in your home. Microbial growth can result when moist conditions persist, and suitable organic materials like drywall, flooring, ceiling components, insulation, and more are nearby to become hosts for colonization. 

The likelihood of mold is even higher when DIY restoration has taken place, as these drying and extraction efforts are often only superficial. When water migrates beyond the surface to impact structural cavities and underlying layers of flooring, dampness can facilitate mold growth in places inaccessible and out of sight to the occupants of the house. For as widespread as these damages can become before they breach the surface layer, remediation efforts often consist of controlled demolition and reinstallation. 

Some facts about mold growth include:

  • Mold can develop after only 48 hours of moist conditions
  • High humidity can cause microbial growth
  • Inadequate drying of water emergencies can facilitate fungal growth
  • Mold deteriorates organic matter like drywall and wood

Are Third-Party Contractors and Vendors Required for Rebuilding? 

A combination of our competent restoration professionals, in-house contractors, and third-party companies can work towards the most efficient reconstruction and repair. While we can manage controlled demolition and most build-back for a property on our own, we also rely on specialty contractors and experts to conduct things like environmental testing for properties once remediation and reconstruction complete. This independent testing of the structure can ensure that you received the most thorough remediation and water restoration available, including the reinstallation of discarded materials. 

Water damages can often leave your house in need of repairs and build-back. Despite our commitment to restoring over the replacement of exposed materials and items in the home, controlled demolition and reinstallation of these elements is often unavoidable with widespread, prolonged exposures. No matter how we can help after water disasters, we have professionals capable of providing a comprehensive solution. Give our SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties  team a call anytime at 919-533-6776.

How to Salvage Water Damaged Items

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

If you have experienced a flooded company building in Lee & South Chatham Counties  then you will likely be dealing with a lot of damage. Along with the structure of the building, many of your belongings may have been affected. Replacing everything can be costly, so it is important to salvage what you can.

1. Curtains, Rugs and Other Small Items

For smaller belongings, cleanup may be fairly simple. Curtains and other items such as decorative pillows or rugs can sometimes be cleaned in a washing machine. Depending on the type of water damage that has occurred, they may need pretreating first to remove bacteria and stains. For items that cannot be put in a washing machine, dry cleaning is another option.

2. Furniture

Items such as furniture will need to be handled differently. For some of these, you may have no choice but to replace them if they absorbed a large amount of contaminated water. If the damage is from a clean water source, such as a broken pipe, then you may be able to save them. Non-porous furniture will be easier to clean and will likely need only a good scrubbing with an anti-bacterial cleanser.

3. Electronics

When it comes to electronics, you need to be extra careful. Turning them on while they are not completely dry can be unsafe and can cause irreversible damage. If you have damaged computers or equipment, a professional service can have them inspected and cleaned by a technician to ensure the best results.
It can be frustrating to deal with everything that comes from a flooded company building. You may have lost profits, costly repairs and damaged belongings. A cleanup and restoration service can help reduce the negative effects by restoring your items and property.